Shopping is rampant, decorations are abundant, and Santa will once again somehow manage to slide down your chimney; it’s Christmas time. That time of the year when the world seems a little brighter and people are a little nicer, but it can also be a troublesome season as well. The holidays can also bring forth emotions of loss, sadness, anxiety, and more. And you know what? That’s alright! It’s all part of being human. The important thing is learning to cut yourself some slack and manage all these emotions in a healthy way. NuWell Christian Counseling is here to help Christians through the holiday blues!
Listen to Yourself
While Christmastime is certainly hectic, it’s important to set aside time for yourself, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Take a moment and consider your actions, feelings, and thoughts and how they apply to your situation. Take a second to pray and ask God for guidance in stressful times. When we are overwhelmed, we tend to lean towards negative coping mechanisms. Things like temptations towards alcohol, drugs, sexual immorality, and more can begin to creep in whenever we don’t take time to be accountable to ourselves and lean on God’s understanding. Listen to your mind and body when you feel overwhelmed, and ask God to help you sort through your situation with you.
Realize How You Cope
As you become more aware of your own mental health, you’ll also become more aware of the methods you’re using to cope with it. Becoming quick to anger, irritable, and numb in response to situations is a sign that you’re dealing with unhealthy coping mechanisms. Again, cut yourself some slack. the Christmas season is a turbulent time. It’s valid to have these feelings. Realizing the methods you use to cope with stress is a great step in the right direction to managing your mental health more effectively.
Express Healthy Coping Mechanisms
It’s crucial that you’re able to express your thoughts and feelings as opposed to suppressing them. Once you realize any negative methods you’re using to cope with emotions, it’s time to consider healthier ones! Spending time in prayer, writing your emotions in a journal, and seeing a therapist can help you establish healthy coping mechanisms this holiday season and beyond.
Remember, the Christmas season is the time of year for growth and celebration. Having complicated feelings around the holidays is completely normal, even for Christians. Take the time of Christmas to grow within yourself and within your faith. NuWell Online Christian Counseling can help you grow in yourself and your faith this Christmas season!